Remains of the Day: Murakami, Righteous Brothers, Peter Pan

“There’s already quite a bit of information available about the forthcoming Haruki Murakami work, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running. A DuMont publicity page for the German edition offers a description of the book — and notes that Murakami apparently wants his tombstone to read something like: Haruki Murakami 1949-20**, author (and runner) — at least he never walked.”

According to Cinema Blend, “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers is one of the Top 5 Tunes For A Drunk Sing-A-Long. “Let me paint a picture: “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Maverick and Goose. Drunk. Is there a reason why this 1965 chart topper should not be on this list?”

The copyright for J.M. Barrie’s classic novel Peter Pan expired today. It has been 70 years since the author’s death. “[P]eople in Europe will be able to use its content in whichever way they choose — be it through copying, broadcasting or posting material on the internet.”

Anniversaries of 2008 include the 100th birthday of Quentin Crisp, who “[a]dopted flamboyant dress and effeminate manner. Published The Naked Civil Servant (1968); television film with John Hurt, 1975. One-man show An Evening With Quentin Crisp (1978). Lived on diet of Guinness and Complan in dusty rooms, first in Chelsea, from 1980s in New York.”